Irish American Catholic Group Will Renew Focus on Pro-Life Concerns

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 3,

Boston, MA ( — With Northern Ireland marking 10 years of continued peace, a leading group for Irish Americans said it plans to refocus its efforts on protecting unborn children from abortion. The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) says it’s not giving up on prior concerns but will focus its energies on new tasks.

At a recent dinner at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, AOH president Jack Meehan, chartered a new course for the 173 year old group.

“We are at a crossroads,” Meehan explained. “and it is our obligation to reinvent what it means to be a Hibernian today so that another generation can add to our legacy tomorrow.”

AOH has always promoting the pro-life perspective, but Meehan said the group has an opportunity now to "expand our efforts to combat the barbarism of abortion."

Michael Cummings, archivist of the AOH, told the Irish Voice on Wednesday that the group would be focused on renewed educational efforts and providing help to pregnant women.

“What we want to do is to demonstrate that we can provide support and resources for those women who are faced with problem pregnancies or with difficult choices," he said. "[We want to] defend the right of the unborn by giving the practical assistance that those women need."

The Voice also noted a letter Meehan recently sent to over 300 divisions of the AOH.

“The core missions of the Hibernians remain — a free and united Ireland and support for the teachings of the Catholic Church,” he said.

Now, "we must re-energize ourselves to fight the scourge of abortion in the same steadfast manner that we have used to fight the many injustices wreaked upon Catholic/Nationalists in the North of Ireland."

“The defense of unborn life is part of the defense of human rights and human dignity," he concluded.